136th recipient of help (livelihood bicycle- Gurgaon Chapter):
“Whenever elections are approaching we are promised too many things for our better living and betterment of India, but nothing much is done for our farmers and the ground reality is that …”
Sukumar Patro (34)
Malee/Gardener (in our society- Orchid Petals, Gurgaon)
Sukumar Patro was a farmer in Sundarban, 24 Parganas in West Bengal, he has two daughters one 5 years old and the other one 8 years old.
He used to grow vegetables and seasonal crops in his farm, from farming he could earn hardly 3000-4000 per month. Not to mention how hard it is to bring up the family of four people in this income and continue the school for kids.
Three months ago Patro and his wife decided to leave farming and come to Gurgaon to earn their living, leaving their daughters in the village with other relatives. Soon after coming to Gurgaon he met me, he hardly speaks Hindi and uses mostly sign language to communicate and it was then I decided to lend him a helping hand so that he could commute to work on his own and save his time and money of public transport.
We agreed on paying 50% share of the bicycle’s cost, and it took three months for Patro to save Rs 1000. Now even his wife has also started working as a domestic help. Both of them are working to meet their daily needs in Gurgaon and better education of their daughters in West Bengal.
After meeting Patro, and learning briefly about the reason behind his ‘forced’ migration, I pondered on the state of millions of our farmers. Their yearlong toil in the sun brings fresh produce on our table. Sadly, whenever elections are approaching we citizens are promised too many things by many politicians for our ‘better living and betterment of India’, however, nothing much is done for our farmers and the ground reality is that every year many farmers commit suicide due to lack of income in the profession of farming, and many of them have to leave their ancestral profession and leave their families in the village and come down to foreign metro cities to earn their basic livelihood. Luxuries are unimaginable for them. Imagine what will happen if all the farmers in India leave farming and start with some other profession due to lack of regular income or adequate compensation due to failure of rains or floods or untimely rainfall etc?
Rakesh Anand Bakshi and his donors’ (of Bicycle Angels ) , their work, is behind my motivation for helping this man and his family, and I hope to help many others like him as and when I am able.
I am happy we have added yet another member, donor, in the chain of donors who support Bicycle Angels’ efforts. Our donors name is Pradeep Mehra ji, and I met him via Pedalars, which is a cycling group founded by Mr Vishwas Sindhu Gurgaon. (We do recreational trail rides near Gurgaon. Pradeep ji came forward and offered his help to finance the bicycles we found two recipients for. Thanks a ton Pradeep Ji.
– Prashant Taneja https://www.facebook.com/prash2k01?fref=ts